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Jo's Boys (Little Women #3)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  21,275 ratings  ·  416 reviews
Better known for her novels Little Women and Little Men, Louisa May Alcott continued the story of her feisty protagonist Jo in this final novel chronicling the adventures and misadventures of the March family. Entertaining, surprising, and overall a joy to read, Jo's Boys is nevertheless shaded by a bittersweet tone, for with it Alcott brought her wonderful series to an en ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Dodo Press (first published 1880)
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
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I always find that reviewing an Alcott book is a bit difficult. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with her. I read Little Women only a few years ago at the request of my mother who loved it, but didn't like the other two books in the series. And honestly, I agree with her. Little Women though moralistic and preachy,
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Elevetha
The book, ladies and gentlemen: (I very much tried to make everything chronological. Anything that isn't, such as Josie whining about acting or whenever the Professor decides to grace the world with his presence, is completely due to my lack of remembrance and also my utter lack of desire to go back through the entire book, rather than skimming for the important bits, as I am already doing.)


Professor: *chortles*

Plumfield: If everybody could just stop acting in plays here, that'd be great.

Nan: ER
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Amber
This was a great conclusion of the Little Women series by Louisa May Alcott. If you enjoyed Little Men, you will enjoy Jo's Boys as it tells what happens to the boys of Plumfield as they get older. Definitely check the whole Little Women series out as they are all a joy to read.
Zoe
A long, sometimes tedious, but almost always charming epilogue to Little Women and Little Men. Alcott wrote it in 1886, eighteen years after Little Women and two years before her death. She must have known, feeling the effects of mercury poisoning from her time as a Civil War nurse, that the lights were really going out, the curtain about to fall.

In this book Alcott continues to find a platform for her ideas, including women's suffrage, co-education, rehabilitation for criminals, and temperance,
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Rachel Brand
Finally! I started reading this as soon as I finished Little Men, but didn't really get into so put it down for a few months. Around page 150 I suddenly got hooked on the stories within the book (because every chapter in an Alcott novel has its own individual plot) and read a few chapters every day until I finished it. It's obvious at the end that it's the last book she'll write about the March family as the last page lists what happens to every character - which is a bit sad, as Alcott's novels ...more
Erin
I just finished reading the entire series of the March family and their descendants. I homeschool and picked up Little Men for inspiration. I gleaned so many wonderful insights for educating young children, finding our personal missions and following your bliss. In reading the entire series, I get a vision of what I want our lives to look like as I raise my children and the kind of experiences I want them to have. It is easy to involve yourself in the lives of the people in these books because y ...more
Catherine
I am sad to see the curtain close on the tales about the March family! It is a little slower-paced than Little Women, which is my hands-down favorite out of the series, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The thing I love most about Louisa May Alcott's March family series (Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men and Jo's Boys) is the way she gently weaves her philosophies about childrearing, feminism, education and living a good life into her stories in such a gentle, non-preachy way. This will ...more
♡Ann  Matalines♡
...and the curtain fall for ever on the March family.



Little Woman is my inspiration in reading books. I longed to read it when I was in nursery and actually read it in elementary. It was my first book and I'm glad to wait for 7-8 years to read this. I didn't read little men so I was gobsmacked reading the changes of Jo's boys. The transition of roles and generations left me in a daze but it was worth it. I really admire Mama Baer's advice and don't forget the playwrights and drama. It was raw
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Suzanne
some quotes:
p. 116 "Virtue, which means honor, honesty, courage, and all that makes character, is the red thread (British put a red thread in their ropes) that marks a good man wherever he is. Keep that always and everywhere, so that even if wrecked by misfortune, that sign shall still be found and recognized. No matter what happens to your body, keep your soul clean, your heart true to those who love, and do your duty to the end."

p. 112 "It is the struggle with obstacles which does us good. You
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Trace
The last sentence of this book had me in tears:

" And now having endeavored to suit every one by many weddings, few deaths, and as much prosperity as the eternal fitness of things will permit, let the music stop, the lights die out, and the curtain fall forever on the March family."

Its sad to say goodbye to a family that I've come to know and love in this past year... Jo has become somewhat of a mentor to me after reading Little Men and Jo's Boys... and so, yes, I'm somewhat emotional that I've
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Aug 26, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like books that will make them cry
Gosh! I thought Little Women made me cry. This one was even more heartbreaking. Poor Dan. I need to reread these books.
Eva Schon
*opens book* Ah, I can’t wait to re-visit all the characters from Little Men.

A few chapters later: It’s kind of boring, but all the boys are still awesome, especially Dan. But he has a beard. That’s weird. Oh, well, I’ll just ignore it.

Later: Wow, this is really boring. Too much moralizing. Whole chapters of it. But at least the Josie-wanting-to-be-an-actress thing is interesting. I wish Alcott would focus more on Dan everyone else, though. And am I the only one who sees definite similarities be
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Liss Capello
In all honesty, this is a dreary book. Imagine the epilogue to the Harry Potter Series, which most people agree is somewhat hamfisted and not up to par, if not blatant fan service. Now imagine if J.K. Rowling had written it into a full eighth book, rather than a single chapter. That is what we have here. As the third (or fourth, depending on how you care to look at it) and final installment in the chronicle of the March sisters and their families, this draws much too heavily on the less-compelli ...more
Anne
Obviously readers of the previous two books in their original publications were clamoring to find out what happened to the titular Little Men, and parts of Jo's Boys definitely feels like a concession to popular opinion. It's slower and more overtly moralizing than Little Men or Little Women (though both of those books have their fair share), but I have to say, I salute Louisa May for not giving in to expectations in every quarter. After having had to marry off Jo at the end of Little Women, Nau ...more
Melody
Standing by the 5 stars. As I've said before, these people are too intimately wound up with my psyche to be rated objectively.

There's some preaching but to my eye it's not as heavy-handed as in Little Women. There are lots of great female role-models (with respect to the times). All of the young women are working toward careers, with the exception of Daisy (that natural housewife!). The young men are supportive and for the most part, respectful. There are anachronisms aplenty, but there's also
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Sharon
As much as I loved Little Women, you would think that I would have found the ongoing saga of the March family more entertaining than I actually did.

This book takes place about ten years after Little Men, as the boys at Plumfield School are heading off to college or out into the world. I found the book far more preachy than either of the previous volumes, with a great deal of moralizing issued from the mouth of the once irrepressible Josephine; perhaps Alcott was trying to mellow Jo with age? Har
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Kristy Drážovská
Neviem či mám plakať, alebo smiať sa. Na jednej strane som po celý čas dychtivo túžila dozvedieť sa ako skončí príbeh mojich milovaných hrdinov, no na druhej strane som teraz trochu smutná, pretože som dočítala a... určite aj vy poznáte ten pocit kedy vám to príde trochu ľúto, že už ste na konci.
Po tom čo som natrafila na knižky od Louisi May Alcott sa pre mňa začala dlhá cesta pri ktorej som prežila krásne zážitky s hrdinami, ktorí sú mi taký blízky akoby boli moji skutočný priatelia. Tieto kni
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Wendy Lu
The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of three is because Louisa May Alcott wrote it. Growing up, I absolutely loved the first two books in the "Little Women" series, but I never read the third installment until a few months ago. **spoilers and rambling ahead**

While "Jo's Boys" remains loyal to past motifs, symbols and life lessons (e.g. goodness, human nature, unwavering optimism, Mother and Father Bhaer's "gardens" and Jo's everlasting love for her boys and girls), I couldn't hel
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Brittany
Little Women was great. Little Men was good. Jo's Boys was a disappointment. I truly felt like this book was only written to shut everyone up and make them stop asking for more on the Marches.

I did enjoy the parts of the book that talked about suffrage and co-education. It could be a bit preachy at times, but the parts that were portrayed as actual discussions were lively and interesting IMO.

I was hugely disappointed in Dan's character. After two books which praised him as a diamond in the rough
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Kimberly
For those of you who many not be familiar with Alcott, Little Men and Jo’s Boys are the sequels to the beloved Little Women. Telling the story of Jo’s life after her marriage to Professor Bhear, Little Men introduces us to Plumfield School where boys, and girls, are taught not only the important lessons learned from books, but the important lessons of life as well. Jo’s Boys takes the chronicles of the students to new heights, as the students reach adulthood and choose their future paths, allowi ...more
Kelly
Once again, I am amazed, absolutely open mouthed that this was written in the mid-1800s! It's so accessible and easy to read and the values - gender and educational - that are described are so modern that I actually had to check the publication date because at first!

By the time you get to this third book in the series, you've become so emotionally involved with the characters that it's hard to really critique the book in terms of pace, tone, plot etc. The Marches feel like a family you know and
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Elvira
This was a good read mainly because of the previous books, especially "Little Women".

It is interesting to take the narrator of "Little Women", where Alcott writes "So grouped, the curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given to the first act of the domestic drama", and compare it to the tired narrator of "Jo's Boys" ("It is a strong temptation to the weary historian to close the present tale with an earthquake which should engulf Plumfi
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Melody
7/2013 I'm so happy to have this among my audiobooks. It's lovely to wake in the wee sma's and have this to resort to. The narration is stellar, the story so familiar that I could describe the very carpet in the dining room at Plumfield, the characters as well-known to me as my own family. I re-read this nearly as often as I re-read LotR. And of course I married a Dan. How could I not?

1/2012 I've been listening to this at night, along with Little Men, for the last few weeks. I haven't a shred of
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Katie
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Claudia
Un 3.5 en realidad. Ha sido genial reencontrarme con los March y sus amigos y cerrar al fin con su última historia, la que me faltaba. Quedo satisfecha con el destino de la mayoría, aunque guardo cierto sinsabor por un personaje muy especial para mí; de cualquier forma, todos mis recuerdos relacionados con este mundo de Alcott son más que felices, así que estoy muy agradecida de que forme parte de mi vida.
Angie Taylor
This is a sweet sequel to Little Men and takes place 10 years later. It tells what the young men try to accomplishes they go in to the world in search of careers, money, fame, etc. However it kind of reads like an after thought. The details of each character are sparse in comparison to the fluidity of the telling in Little Women. It is fun to know what each young man is doing and to whom they marry, but there isn't enough detail. I kept feeling like there could be so much more to the story. Also ...more
MizziQ
It took me a while to get through this one. Mostly because they totally NEGLECTED my favorite character. :( They didn't even mention Nat in the ending "this is what happened to everyone" blurb. He got one chapter to himself where nothing was accomplished and later on he plays for his "family" and that's the end of it. He is described as unextraordinary and the general feel of the whole family towards him was his life would never amount to much. It made me mad because in the beginning he was take ...more
Shei Belikov
Me gustó pero el final lo sentí muy apresurado y no terminó como yo queríaaaaaaaaaaaaa

SPOILER ALERT!

Yo quería a Dan y Bess juntos :(

Me pareció que este libro tenía muchos más prejuicios que cualquiera de los anteriores y me extrañó teniendo en cuando que con los años que habían pasado desde el comienzo de la historia era para que las cosas fueran progresando no retrocediendo y las mujercitas terminaron convirtiéndose en adultas no libres de prejuicios como yo hubiese esperado, sobre todo de Jo.
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Erin Germain
I'm a bit torn, and really wanted to give this more stars. In terms of writing, I certainly could, because I've always loved Alcott's descriptive style, but some of the storylines didn't sit well, and a few of the characters really seemed set up, from the beginning, to be sacrificed for the good of the moral. The ending left me feeling as though there should have been a little more and I thought it bit sad to see how she closed the book on the Marches (sorry for the pun). Maybe I just need to re ...more
Renee
Jul 03, 2015 Renee added it
Jo’s boys is the final novel chronicling the adventures and misadventures of the March family, following Little Women and Little Men. It was a pleasure to read and my favourite of the three books.

Taking off ten years after Little Men, we revisit Plumfield and learn what became of all Jo’s Little Men.
Jo is such an intelligent, beautiful and witty character; it was lovely to read all about her successes.

My favourite quote is from Nelly: 'Quality, not quantity, wins the day, you know. Our brains ma
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As A. M. Barnard:
Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power (1866)
The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation (1867)
A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866 – first published 1995)
First published anonymously:
A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania on November 29, 1832. She and her three sisters, Anna, Elizabeth and May were educated by their father, philosopher/ t
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Little Women (4 books)
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  • Good Wives
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